Strategy And Personnel

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FRANCHISE PLAYER
LB Anthony Spencer (tendered at $8.856 million; signed April 23).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--CB Alan Ball will likely not be brought back and certainly won't be a priority. The Cowboys will be focusing on cornerbacks in the draft and free agency.

--LB Keith Brooking wants to return for another season. Will only be brought back to mentor to the young linebackers and for leadership.

--OG Derrick Dockery was solid when he played last season. But he would only be brought back for depth purposes if at all. The Cowboys will be looking for a long-term upgrade in the draft and free agency.

--SS Abram Elam wants to return and the Cowboys are considering bringing him back. Yet they are trying to upgrade the position and Elam is more of a stop-gap answer than a long-term solution.

--OG Montrae Holland was solid when he played last year but the Cowboys are looking for upgrades through the draft and free agency. Could be pursued for a return if they don't go big in free agency or high in the draft with a guard.

--P Mat McBriar is coming off knee surgery and will not be ready until possibly minicamp. The Cowboys already have a potential replacement in Chris Jones. They will take a wait and see approach in regards to bringing McBriar back to compete in camp. He is not a top priority.

--RB Sammy Morris was only a stop-gap addition at the end of last season. Will not be pursued for a return.

--CB Frank Walker was a solid role player for the Cowboys last year. But they are looking for upgrades in the secondary. He will not be brought back.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--QB Chris Greisen (not tendered as RFA) was a late season injury addition for practice purposes.

--WR Jesse Holley (not tendered as ERFA) has been solid on special teams and made plays in the regular offense when called upon. Will have to prove himself all over again in camp. But that is only way this reality star knows how to make team.

--RB Chauncey Washington (not tendered as ERFA) was signed for depth purposes last year but came in overweight. Won't be brought to camp next season

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--DE Clifton Geathers: ERFA; terms unknown.

--WR Kevin Ogletree: not tendered as RFA; 1 yr terms unknown.

--OT Jermey Parnell: ERFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.

--LB Anthony Spencer: Franchise FA: $8.856M/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--C/G Mackenzy Bernadeau: UFA Panthers; $11M/4 yrs, $3.25M SB.

--QB Rudy Carpenter (waivers Buccaneers).

--CB Brandon Carr: UFA Chiefs; $50.1M/5 yrs, $10M SB/$25.5M guaranteed.

--LB Dan Connor: UFA Panthers; $6.5M/2 yrs.

--LB Isaiah Greenhouse: FA; terms unknown.

--OG Nate Livings: UFA Bengals; $19M/5 yrs, $6.2M guaranteed.

--QB Kyle Orton: UFA Chiefs; $10.5M/3 yrs, $5M SB (five-year deal that will void to three).

--FS Brodney Pool: UFA Jets; $1.2M/1 yr, $100,000 SB.

--FB Lawrence Vickers: FA Texans; $2.4M/2 yrs, $230,000 SB.

PLAYERS LOST

--TE Martellus Bennett: UFA Giants; $1.8M/1 yr, $675,000SB/$100,000 RB.

--PK David Buehler (released/failed physical).

--FB Tony Fiammetta: Not tendered as RFA/Patriots; $615,000/1 yr.

--LB Bradie James: UFA Texans; $890,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.

--QB Jon Kitna (UFA; retired).

--OG Kyle Kosier (released).

--CB Terence Newman (released/post-June 1 designation).

--WR Laurent Robinson: UFA Jaguars; $32.5M/5 yrs, $8M SB/$13.6M guaranteed.

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